The Von Ryan’s Express of vintage 1982 TV commercials rolls on! This is the first half of the third ad break for the movie — broadcast by WABC-TV on June 19, 1982 — and it features spots for Kal Kan Mealtime, Diners Club, Miller Lite, and Ashford & Simpson.
Of the four spots, my favorites are easily the Miller Lite and Ashford & Simpson one. The first is from Miller Lite’s all-time great “Less Filling/Tastes Great” campaign that ran for many years and featured a host of sports legends. This one stars Ben Davidson, the great Oakland Raiders defensive lineman who also dabbled in film acting. He played Rexor, Thulsa Doom’s second-in-command, in the 1982 Arnold Schwarzenegger classic Conan the Barbarian.
I also love this spot for an upcoming Ashford & Simpson concert at Radio City Music Hall. It’s just so damn funky and totally ’80s.
- Vintage VHS Commercial Bonanza, Part 2 (Kool-Aid, Eastern Airlines, and More!) (grayflannelsuit.net)
- Vintage VHS Commercial Bonanza, Part 1 (grayflannelsuit.net)
- Ashford and Simpson – Street Opera (oldgamereviewer.com)